Peron's Tree Frog
Pipe Down in the Down Pipe!
Spring is breeding time for a common backyard tree frog. Don’t let their noisy night-time calls put you off; these frogs are actually super handy to have in your garden.
Also called Emerald Spotted Tree Frog because of its green speckled back, this buddy has an impressive trick up its sleeve. The Peron’s Tree Frog can change the colour of its entire body in a matter of seconds. Depending on temperature, time of day and humidity they can appear brown, green or white. During the day they will usually take on a white colour and at night they tend to look brown with mottled yellow thighs.
Here’s a video to help you recognise their distinctive call.
The Peron’s Tree Frog gets itself into trouble with locals because of its loud repetitive call. Sounding somewhat like a jackhammer crossed with a machine gun, it is no wonder people take to slamming windows and yelling at these noisy frogs.
The Peron’s Tree Frog also has terrible timing with their calls because they usually start when the sun goes down and don’t stop until the sun comes up. So sleeping could be a bit more difficult this month.
November is smack bang in the middle of their breeding season, which means the noise levels will be at their peak this month. The male tree frog likes to do his noisy calling from high up in a tree but he has also developed a cunning tactic of using the downpipes in your house to amplify his calls to potential mates.
Don’t be too quick to judge this loud neighbour as they play an important role in our backyards that will make you happy to have them around. These little frogs love to stuff themselves full of all the flying, crawling, jumping bugs that sometimes make us squeal and itch. They will be giving you year-round free pest control so maybe they aren’t such bad troublemakers after all.
These tree frogs are a very common resident in lots of suburban areas particularly around Sydney so there’s a good chance Sydney-siders will hear them, if not see them this month. The best time to search for Peron’s Tree Frogs is after rain and when the temperature is warm. They will often hang out near outdoor lights to catch the insects attracted to the lights.
Having frogs around your place is an indicator that your local environment is healthy.
Avoid using chemicals and pesticides in your garden, as not only will they deplete the food supply for frogs, but they can also make frogs sick when they absorb these nasties through their porous skin.
DID YOU KNOW? The Peron’s Tree Frog looks almost identical to the Tyler’s Tree Frog. One of the best ways to tell them apart is by their calls. The Peron’s Tree Frog sounds more like heavy machinery whereas the Tyler’s Tree Frog is more like a cackling laugh.
TIP These buddies will be looking for a pond at the moment to lay their eggs in. So why not build one in your own garden?
Or if you already have a pond, make sure you keep it topped up throughout spring and summer to give all frogs and local wildlife important access to fresh water in the hot weather.